Germany is considered to be one of the most preferred destinations for International students for studies. It is known as the land of innovation and ideas. The education system in Germany is tailored in such a manner that it can address the needs of an extensive and diverse population.
In Germany there are mainly two types of Institutions for Higher Education.
Universities (including Universities of Technology): Such universities are research oriented and can award PhD degrees.
Universities of Applied Sciences: These are practice –oriented and cannot award PhD degree. Courses mainly offered by these universities are engineering, business administration, social sciences and design. These have collaborations with the industry players.
The eligibility criteria vary from university to university as every university in Germany is self-governing. So one needs to specifically follow university / study programme’s set of criteria for university enrollment. Please go through the concerned university’s website as it is the most reliable source for getting complete admission information about the course in which you are interested .
Though, there are some common things like if you are having a bachelor’s degree from India then it is considered to be equivalent to the German bachelor’s degree and is very much accepted by most of the universities for the master’s program.
German is the official Language of Germany. You should have very good German Language Skills if you want to take up studies in German. You need to be certified by the standardized examinations like the TestDaF or DSH.
Depending upon the program you choose, some universities may ask you for TOEFL/IELTS/GRE/GMAT. For example if we talk about Economics and Law, then GMAT scores are required.
A wide range of study programs with German as the mode of instruction is offered by the German universities and there are about 586 International Degree Masters Programmes (IDPs) which are taught in English. So whichever mode of language suits you go for that.
How to apply:
Start gathering information from the month of October- November. A lot of information you can gather from DAAD through internet and brochures. Every year some counseling sessions are organized by DAAD for International students. You can attend the nearest DAAD office for the sessions.
January – March: The universities you are interested in contact them. This will be your most reliable and important source of information pertaining to eligibility, course duration, fee, application procedure etc..
March – June: Submission of Application Form. All the information about how to apply is mentioned on the website of the course / university you have chosen. Send your application packet to the university or to uni-assist.
uni-assist is an association of German universities. It is a certified body that simplifies application procedure for international students and at the same time, support German universities in the selection of their foreign students. If you are applying to member universities of uni-assist then you need to submit the application form at uni-assist, because the member universities don’t entrain direct applications.
Students from European countries are charged € 43 for their first application and students from other than European countries are charged € 68. For every added application applicants are charged € 15 per university.
For detailed information please visit uni-assist website.
If you have selected universities other than uni-assist member universities, submit your application directly to the universities. All the required information and material can be downloaded from the university website.
Much of the institutions in Germany charge less as education in Germany is subsidized by the state but for some special courses you may need to pay higher fees.
Scholarships are also available for international students for master’s program every year like
Master’s Scholarship for Public Policy and Good Governance (PPGG)
Postgraduate Courses with Relevance to Developing Countries
Other than tuition fees you need to spend your pocket for subsistence i.e. housing, food, clothing, study material, health insurance and free time activities. The amount for all this depends upon the location you are in Germany and of course the lifestyle you need to maintain.
Hope this information proves to be beneficial for your bright future.